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Treatise on gunnery by Richard Wright

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Treatise on gunnery by Richard Wright
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Extent and format
Paper; ff. 37.
Paper cover, fol. 1. Bound with MSS/0085. Scribbles fol. 1 include the name of Samuel Thomas, 17th century, and a recipe for ink.
Scope and content
A treatise on gunnery, with instructions for making powder and other fireworks (fol. 17) by Richard Wright whose name is given on fol. 2 (in a penwork initial I, with the opening of Psalm 9 referring to marvellous works) (fol. 3v). Many pen drawings of cannon, fireworks, etc. Illustrations also include:- Tudor badges, fol. 3v; a standing figure holding a rule, fol. 5v; royal arms with Tudor badges, fol. 6; soldiers in a turret, with cannon, fol. 28v; ship with cannon, fol. 29. Main text ends fol. 34v. At fol. 36r, v, prognostications from the signs of the zodiac relating to journeys. Transcript by Dr Steven A. Walton (Toronto, PhD thesis, 1999), Appendix II, 357-88 (copy in SAL).
Wright, Richard (fl 1563)
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Archival history
Scribbles on fol.1 include the name of Samuel Thomas, 17th century, and a recipe for ink. Note, fol.1, by I.Tascy (?), junior, that the MS was found in a cheesemonger’s shop near St Clements, London, in June 1804.
Presented by Sir Joseph Banks, KB, FSA, 14 Dec.1809 (fol.2). Minute Book XXXII, p.263. Archaeologia, 16 (1812), 371.

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